In a radio interview with Sean Hannity this week, conservative Kentucky Senator Rand Paul did not back down when asked about Senator John McCain‘s on-going allegations of pro-Russia sentiment and Putin-stooges among the libertarian Republicans in Congress.
“You know, I thought McCarthyism got kind of old,” Paul said. “Calling people communists…calling people friends of Russia. I thought that was so 1950s. I really thought we’re beyond that. I take it pretty seriously because when somebody in the Senate calls another senator basically a traitor to their country, you think that somebody ought to be rebuked for that?”
Joe McCarthy was a senator and leading anti-communist figure during the early years of the Cold War, who famously tried to prove that almost half of the American government and show-business industry were spies from the Kremlin. McCarthy’s power in Congress rose until an overly-conspiratorial and paranoid hearing at which he was famously asked, “Have you no decency?”
A spokesperson for McCain chose not to respond to Paul’s comment.